Mini revealed a new version of its battery-electric Mini Cooper three-door hatchback Friday, ahead of its debut at the IAA Mobility auto show in Munich. Noticeably absent are any gas-powered models. Noticeably intact is its cuteness.
But there’s a bit less English put into this Mini’s serve. The 2025 model will be built in China, not in Oxford, England, on a platform jointly developed with Chinese automaker Great Wall.
Available in Essential, Classic, Favoured or John Cooper Works trim, the Mini Cooper’s iconic round headlights remain, but a new octagonal grille, flush door handles and streamlined body contours simplifies its look. In the rear, the Mini’s trademark Union Jack taillamps have been reworked into a funkier design statement.
Yet this new Cooper’s reductionist design continues inside, where the instrument panel has been reduced to a center-mounted 9.5-inch OLED infotainment screen with toggle switches below it, much like the original 1959 Mini that boasted nothing but a center-mounted instrument cluster and toggle switches below it.
When it comes time to move, the base Mini Cooper E’s 41-kWh battery provides 184 horsepower and a WLTP range of 190 miles of range, while the Cooper SE’s 54-kWh hour generates 218 horsepower, 250 miles of range and a 0-62 mph time of 6.7 seconds. Both models improve on the current Cooper EV’s 110-mile range.
When it comes time to recharge, you’ll be able to fast charge up to 75 kW on the E, and up to 95 kW on the SE, providing a 10 percent to 80 percent in 30 minutes.
“In the fifth generation of the MINI Cooper, we combine the traditional MINI DNA with innovative, future-oriented technology,” said Stefanie Wurst, Head of Mini.